Saturday, December 19, 2015

Stila - A Whole Lot of Love Set

Did you know that you can buy Stila in larger Marks and Spencer Beauty Halls?  I discovered my local M & S in Liffey Valley have the most beautiful Stila stand and as well as that they had a few Christmas sets including one which is exclusive to Marks and Spencer.  Let me introduce you to Stila "A Whole Lot of Love".
The set (which costs €67.00) contains 20 eye shadows, 4 blush and a deluxe size Huge Extreme Mascara (my favourite Stila mascara EVER - its one of those mascaras that just keeps getting better as you use it).  Lets break that down into easy makeup maths maths at €67.00 for 24 shadows and blush that works out at €2.80 per pan and a free mascara.

The Holiday 2015 Collection from Stila is called "Sealed with a Kiss" and is all in the style of love letters so the packing is a beautiful gold with delicate handwriting design.  The colours in the palette are on the back on the main box. The collection's packaging is classic, chic and glamorous.

You open the wax stamp to reveal a large mirror and the shadows/blush.
The shadows have a beautiful range of colours which include matte, satin, metallic and shimmer.  The shadows are buttery and pigmented, a couple of the shadows have chunky glitter which are very pretty but not my favourite to work with (I'm a messy girl and can make mess in an empty room so I can look like the aftermath of a fairy disco when I start waving it around). The metallic shades are simply stunning, they are creamy with vibrant colour.

We will start with the blushes there are four shades with the lighter two on top and the shimmery shades underneath.
The blush shades are
Blush Shades: Left to Right

Light Pink, Dusty Rose
Peach Shimmer, Berry Shimmer
Swatches of Blush Shades
Light Pink, Dusty Rose
Peach Shimmer, Berry Shimmer
My favourite of the shades are the bottom two, Peach Shimmer gives that peachy glow similar to Nars Orgasm and Berry Shimmer is a lovely winter shade (which isn't that shimmery).  If your looking for a every day colour Dusty Rose is perfection.


Unusually for Stila they haven't included a booklet with looks, there are so many shades you can keep it really simple or go to town with bold and vibrant looks.
  • White Sparkle (mostly glitter)
  • Pale Peach (matte)
  • Nude Shimmer (shimmer)
  • Metallic Peach (rich and buttery metallic)
  • Rose Gold (divine metallic gold)
  • Rose Pewter (a chunky shimmer - swatches chunky but is beautiful when applied)
  • Seaweed (shimmer)
  • Metallic Taupe (can you improve on taupe? if you make it slightly metallic)
  • Warm Honey (matte)
  • Warm Taupe (matte)
  • Cool Taupe (matte)
  • Chocolate (matte)
  • Rose (matte)
  • Deep Plum (matte)
  • Lapis (absolutely divine, pigmented)
  • Denim (deep dark navy)
  • Frosted Lavender (not scarily frosted, shimmery)
  • Eggplant (matte)
  • Black Pearl (almost a dark gray with a sparkle)
  • Coal (matte)
Top Row Left to Right
White Sparkle, Pale Peach, Nude Shimmer, Metallic Peach, Rose Gold

The winner of the top row is easily Rose Gold its a stunning colour which is a joy to swatch and use.


Second Row Left to Right:
Rose Pewter, Seaweed, Metallic Taupe, Warm Honey, Warm Taupe
Winner of the Second Row is Metallic Taupe (can you tell I'm loving the metallic shades? there is something a little bit special about them).
Third row from Left to Right:

Cool Taupe, Chocolate, Rose, Deep Plum, Lapis. 
Clearly the winner of the third row is Lapis its beautiful
Fourth Row Left to Right:
Denim, Frosted Lavender, Eggplant, Black Pearl, Coal

This is a harder row to find a winner mmm Eggplant is beautiful and interesting but Black Pearl is sparkly but not too much so and Denim is a interesting alternative to black.


The Whole Lot of Love is a great palette its loaded with fantastic shades, you will use all the shades (but press the glittery shades - White Sparkle and Rose Pewter - onto your lids with your finger like you would the sparkly shade in the Charlotte Tilbury quads. 

If your heading out to Marks and Spencer's this weekend be sure and check it out, its a makeup lovers dream.

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